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What’s On Suncoast? 12.29 – 1.5

| Angela Naff |

The Suncoast Post asks, “What’s On, Suncoast?” Here are some ideas for the area this week from December 29, 2023 – January 5, 2024

Pinneapple Drop Sarasota

Sarasota New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop Party

Sarasota New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop Party
1383 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

The big New Year’s Eve party in Sarasota is the annual Pineapple Drop Block Party! The dropping of the big glowing pineapple comes at midnight and takes place at the intersection of Lemon Avenue and Main Street in downtown.

The annual Pineapple Drop Block Party runs from 1 pm – 1 am. Live music starts at 8:30 pm. Carnival hours are 1 pm – 1 am. Parent/guardian supervision is required for ages 17 and younger. Please check the website for updates before attending. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller), valid from 1 pm – 6 pm, are $30 online until 3 pm Dec. 31 or on site till 5 pm while supplies last. Ride tickets, valid anytime, are available at the carnival or online till 3 pm for $50/50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.) 

Hours: December 31, 2023, to January 1, 2024, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Djonisi’s Restaurant

Djonisi’s Restaurant

Djonisi’s Restaurant
4940 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34232

Djonsisi’s here on the Suncoast is authentic Greek food at its best. Everything is delicious, fresh, and homemade, with recipes that make even the most discerning people sit up and take notice. From lamb shank over orzo to the chicken souvlaki, there is something for everyone to taste here from lunch to dinner. For an amazing dinner with friends and family or just a nice holiday celebration, come on out to try this restaurant.

Hours: Daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Fishermen’s Village

New Year's

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Fishermen’s Village
1200 W Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Countdown to the New Year in the vibrant ambiance of Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida! Join us for our highly anticipated annual New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31st, starting at 6 pm and continuing until 12:30 am. This family-friendly event promises an unforgettable night of entertainment and joy for everyone.

Dance the night away at Center Court, where the dance floor stays lively with the beats of DJ Michael White until the clock strikes midnight. The Shane Duncan Band will be rocking the Beach stage from 8 pm until 12:30 am, ensuring a night filled with fantastic music.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a variety of activities, including Jesse Ink’d Tattoos and Face Painting, available from 6 pm until 11 pm. Engage in fun and interactive activities with Team Punta Gorda, also running from 6 pm until 11 pm. Grab some novelties and light-up toys to add an extra sparkle to the night, available until 11 pm.

Take in the enchanting Festival of Lights in its final evening of the season, creating a magical backdrop for your New Year’s celebration. Don’t miss the spectacular Fireworks Display at midnight, with the best viewing experience from the Beach. It’s the perfect moment to usher in the New Year with awe and wonder, surrounded by family, friends, and like-minded neighbors.

Hours: December 31, 2023 from 6 p.m . – 11 p.m.

Donato's Italian Restaurant

Donato’s Italian Restaurant

Donato’s Italian Restaurant
1900 Tamiami Trl, #117 Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Donato’s Ristorante on the Suncoast has established itself as a favorite amongst those craving authentically prepared pizza and pasta, steak, chicken, veal, or seafood dishes. The restaurant is even featured in Flair Magazine! If you are searching for a hearty Italian dining experience, you need to stop in at Donato’s Italian Restaurant this week. Remember, you can also buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card this week for a last-minute holiday gift, giving something your friends and family are sure to adore.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday/Saturday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

New Year's Eve Party

Freakin’ New Year’s Eve Party

Freakin’ New Year’s Eve Party
2201 1st Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33712

Step into a mesmerizing black light jungle-themed New Year’s Eve party where DJs weave a sonic tapestry with the thumping beats resonating through the Unicorn Tears Sound System. Live visuals by RJL on a 45 foot LED screen will amplify the experience, bringing to life fluorescent creatures and swirling patterns that dance in harmony with the music. Amidst the lush greenery and UV-reactive decorations, you will lose yourself in the pulsating rhythm of the night, marking the transition to a new year in an unforgettable celebration and symphony of light and sound.

Doors open at 7:45 PM for the Opening Comedy Act by Shellie Bejar and friends.

Hours: Sunday, December 31, 2023 from 7:45 p.m. – 5:a.m. New Year’s Day

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